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Tahoma Senior High School

Public | 10-12 | 1788 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 2, 2014

It is an awesome school. It offers a lot of AP classes, college nights, and extra help is always available. It has been rated as a top school according to Newsweek and US and World Report. The students receive top notch education and are very prepared for the "real world".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

Tahoma Senior High School has some of the best teachers in the world and fun, challenging programs. Their physical education department is the best by far!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2011

My grandmother went to Tahoma and then my father then myself and finally my daughter so we are true Tahoma Bears and proud of it ! I will treasure my experience of going to Maple Valley schools because my memories of my youth are so special and made me into a person that I am proud of and love! Thank You to all the teachers that dedicate themselves to helping mold souls into beautiful, well educated members of society!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2009

this school teaches all. definately better than gonzaga prep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2009

i have gone to this school all my life and it doesnt get any better
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2008

I was a k-12 student in this district. I LOVED my experience at THS. It prepared me for college both academically and through its leadership program.


Posted June 13, 2008

Hands down one if not the best highschools in the state and one of the best school districts. All my kids have attended since elementary and i am grateful for every teachers passion to see my children succeed. They care deeply as much about their character building as they do about their education. Tahoma senior high was recently ranked by newsweek magazine as one of the top 5% high schools in the nation. I cannot speak highly enough about our principal and teachers at this school. There is something for every learning ability at this school and teachers will do everything to help them succeed. There are many clubs and activities kids can participate in if sports isn't their thing. Awesome leadership program...Tahoma's 'we the people' team has won state and gone to nationals many years in a row. Excellent principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2007

The principal at this school is very unprofessional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

Tahoma High School offers great classes, wonderful, dedicated teachers, and unbelievable extracurricular activities no matter your child's interests. My children have had incredible opportunities and experiences at Tahoma.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Outstanding school & staff! We moved to the area from out of state in 2004 - my daughter starting into the sophmore year. Extremely positive results - high level academic curriculm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

I believe Tahoma is one of the best school districts in the state. Not only in academics, but is athletics too. There is a lot you can learn from this school and its hardworking staff. I am glad my children attend it! Thanks Tahoma!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

518 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

596 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

565 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

602 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black88%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic96%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income93%
Not low income96%
Special education72%
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
Black94%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic87%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income88%
Not low income96%
Special education81%
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 22% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
41%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 66% in 2013.

513 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

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2011

 
 
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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 19% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
8%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

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n/a

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% in 2013.

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n/a

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n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 15% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
29%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students31%
Female32%
Male31%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White25%
Low income7%
Not low income37%
Special education33%
Not special education30%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students85%
Female81%
Male88%
Black56%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial76%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income75%
Not low income86%
Special education59%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students78%
Female64%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income72%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students26%
Female29%
Male21%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White31%
Low income20%
Not low income29%
Special education32%
Not special education19%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students58%
Female62%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Low incomen/a
Not low income60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 63%
Hispanic 7% 18%
Asian 4% 7%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 112%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 21%N/A8%
Special education 29%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 75%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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